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|[October Answer] So You Think You Know the Hudson Valley?|
|Posted by THV|
|on October 30, 2012|
Welcome October trivia contest players! This month’s “So You Think You Know the Hudson Valley?” asks the question:
Where am I?Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY (map)
Created in 1849, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the resting place of the author Washington Irving; of Astors, Carnegies and Rockefellers; of labor leader Samuel Gompers; and of many others, famous and infamous. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Especially at Halloween the cemetery is mentioned as the scene of grave robberies, murders, and more. But it is also the site of important 19th- and 20th-century cemetery art, architecture, landscape design and symbolism.
What students can learn hereIf your students are reading ANYTHING by Washington Irving, why not spend a little time reading --aloud or silently -- or discussing the work near his grave? It could change everything.
Help students grasp symbolism by touring the cemetery and discussing the significance of recurring religious and secular items such as anchors and inverted flames as well as certain plants. You can also see examples of neoclassical and Egyptian and Greek Revival architecture.
Contrast and compare the adjacent Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground. This older cemetery is the one mentioned in Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Walking tour brochures, available at the church, will lead you through the church and burying ground.
Develop a fuller picture of the area’s history--combine a trip to the cemetery with a visit to other nearby sites (be sure to scroll down to all of the sites) such Philipsburg Manor, Irving’s home Sunnyside, Patriots Park, Andre Captors' Monument, Old Croton Aqueduct, or additional sites related to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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A sampling of other Hudson Valley cemeteriesBurial grounds listed here are noteworthy for their landscape design, sculpture, and architecture, or for who is buried there. A number are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Albany County--Albany Rural Cemetery was incorporated in 1841 but holds the remains of people originally buried in the 1700s and moved due to flooding; Tobias C. Ten Eyck House and Cemetery (Old Ravena Rd. and 9W, Coeymans), this circa 1758 burial plot includes one section for the family and another for enslaved Africans.
Columbia County--poet Edna St. Vincent Millay is buried at her home, Steepletop, in Austerlitz. Millay’s poems include “The Little Ghost” and “The Shroud,” and as a high school student she wrote a Halloween play.
Dutchess County--Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery (South Ave.) is part of a proposed South Road Heritage Trail; Rhinebeck Association Cemetery (Rt. 9, southern edge of the Village) circa 1845 was the subject of a recent Vassar College study, Rhinebeck’s Lost and Found: Free Blacks and the Rhinebeck Association Cemetery.
Orange County--The African-American Cemetery (NY 416 near I84 and Wallkill River, Montgomery) was cleaned up in the 1990s and efforts have been made to identify the enslaved people buried there; Florida Cemetery (Bridge St., Florida) includes Civil War veterans.
Rockland County--Mount Moor African American Cemetery (Dexter Rd., Clarkstown) was established in 1849, and has about 90 known graves.
Ulster County--Merkle Ground (Rt. 44/55 between Minnewaska & Kerhonkson) small family cemetery including a Civil War veteran; Kingston: Montrepose (Montrepose Ave.) public figures, artists, and architect Calvert Vaux are buried here; Mount Zion (S. Wall St.) is notable for recent research into African Americans buried there; New Paltz: Old Huguenot Burial Ground, Historic Huguenot Street; Put Corners Cemetery (S. Putt Corners Rd.).
Westchester County--besides Sleepy Hollow the county has several notable cemeteries. Here’s a list. In addition, St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, Eastchester, has a cemetery dating from the 17th century and ready-to-use materials for schools.
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